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Winter weather affects holiday travel

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) - Some people are hitting the roads this weekend for the holidays.

“We're heading to Milwaukee," said Erin Couillard of Wausau.

While others are taking to the skies.

"Today I’m headed off to Chicago for the holidays," said Stefano Dotti of Stevens Point.

There's a lot of excitement, but winter weather may cause some problems.

“With snow and ice and those things I would expect cancellations there may not be flexibility," said Tony Yaron, Central Wisconsin airport director.

  Yaron has some tips for travelers to plan ahead.

“Don't wrap those Christmas presents because TSA needs to know what's in there, and if you've wrapped them up all nice and pretty they're going to get unwrapped," said Yaron.

State Patrol is getting ready for the potentially messy weekend, too.

“Expect some ice and snow cover on the roads, some back ups, and slide ins or crashes," said Sergeant Rahe Stertz of Wisconsin State Patrol.

But some holiday travelers aren't worried at all.

“We live in Wisconsin, it's kind of the norm to have snow all the time so I don't think it's affected my travels at all," said Dotti.

“I've got our suburban here we're just going to take our time and plow on," said Rob Szekeress of Weston.

Travel officials don't think the weather will stop people either.

"People generally travel and want to travel over the holiday season," said Yaron.

"People usually travel no matter what on the holidays, we usually see the same amount of traffic," said Stertz.

So as winter weather ramps up, people are gearing up to get to their destination.

“It might slow us down but it's not going to stop anything," said Couillard.

State patrol officers and the airport director advise leaving early this weekend to plan for any messy conditions.

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